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(CNN)   Chunky writer pens angry column over school sending "your kid's fat" letters home to parents. Fark: Because the school is using BMI as its measure, which as every Farker knows fails to account for their 6'8 frames of solid muscle   (cnn.com) divider line 33
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2013-09-24 11:10:14 AM  
8 votes:
i2.cdn.turner.com
So goddamn fat that even his head wouldn't fit into frame!
Geesh!
2013-09-24 01:14:53 PM  
5 votes:
Schools can't afford foreign language courses, sports programs or music classes. But they found funds for dieticians?

They've even started wasting our tax dollars on head lice inspections.  Last I checked, head lice inspections aren't in the Constitution.
2013-09-24 12:49:30 PM  
5 votes:
Yea, like I'm going to take health advice from a man named after a corned beef sandwich
2013-09-24 01:34:47 PM  
3 votes:
"Your kid is the appropriate weight for a pony. Is your child a pony?"
2013-09-24 01:22:51 PM  
3 votes:

the_end_is_rear: Earlier in the summer, the high rise I work in had a power failure. Back up generators did not kick on so they building was emptied.
We all had to head down the stairs to exit. No big rush.
However, on the way down we came upon the cows. Sorry if that sounds cruel, but they were.
These people were in the late 20's,30's, 40's and were out of breath walking down the stairs. None elderly and none handicapped. Just Fat.
Basically we were all trapped behind them. But given that it was a non emergency situation, it was just something to deal with on the way down.
But it makes me wonder if this had been a 9-11 situation and we were trying to get out of the building how things would have been?
Should we all have perished because this people have decided to live like they do?
Ones lifestyle choices can effect everyone.


Hmm, sounds like they would be soft to land on.
2013-09-24 11:29:09 AM  
3 votes:
So, your principal says you're fat. Well, I ain't down with that.
2013-09-24 04:34:24 PM  
2 votes:

TV's Vinnie: The guy is certainly a Chunk, but he's got a point. The whole BMI index racket pretty much is a distorted standard of "perfection".  It's like the way Barbie dolls make some girls feel inadequate because their body shapes don't conform to the freakishly unhealthy proportions of Barbie & Ken.


Not everyone can be a Greek marble statue with ZERO % body fat, and I sure hope not! How did they ever reproduce with tiny little peckers like that?


If you think the bolded portion is what is required to maintain a non-obese BMI, I bet you can't see your genitals if you look down.
2013-09-24 02:28:03 PM  
2 votes:

hailin: Some parents need it. My sister was gripping the other day she got a letter about my niece being overweight. I said she could stand to lose a few pounds and my sister went on a tirade how she has asthma and can't exercise. I said she could do yoga, pilates, swimming, or any number of low impact exercising WHILE watching what she eats. My sister screamed back at me how she only lets her kids eat healthy things.

Then not four hours later she posts on Facebook how they made edible cookie-dough, monkey bread, pudding, and were having chocolate pancakes for dinner. "Just another Friday movie night!" Yup...so healthy and nutritious. Gee I just can't fathom why my niece has weight issues.

/My BIL has also been chubby his whole life, so genetics work against her.
//He also works PT a McD's which is dinner most nights when my sister is too lazy to cook
///Sister hasn't cooked dinner in two weeks that I know about.


What was she gripping, some type of cream-filled pastry?
2013-09-24 01:18:36 PM  
2 votes:

FatherChaos: Ruben Navarrette

[farm4.staticflickr.com image 250x272]

This guy has written so many (terribly-written) articles trying to defend illegal immigrants.


From what, low-calorie diets?
2013-09-24 03:16:14 PM  
1 votes:

Itstoearly: Oh look, a cheap easy device that would give a pretty accurate body fat percentage reading:  http://www.amazon.com/Omron-Logic-Monitor-model-HBF-306C/dp/B00006WNP U


Here is one for technophobes that does an accurate enough job:

www.momlogic.com
2013-09-24 03:14:18 PM  
1 votes:

Daemonik: Here's a truth people don't mention too often, the human body is designed to get fat. The human body WANTS to be fat, because it's a farking survival mechanism we've relied on for the last million years or so to get through famines.


Your ancestors never ran into mine. My ancestors relied on being fit, not fat, to get through famines. Just bust some fatty in the head with a rock, drag him back to your cave, and you were good for a week.
2013-09-24 03:12:03 PM  
1 votes:

Rurouni: If the human body was designed to get fat, then please explain the multitude of health issues associated with being fat.


That's just silly.

If the human body were designed to get old, then please explain the multitude of health issues associated with being old.

/not saying fat is good, just that your logic is bad
2013-09-24 02:53:58 PM  
1 votes:
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2013-09-24 02:44:01 PM  
1 votes:

firefly212: Slam1263: BMI again.

Great, can we also talk about other really cool "School of Vienna" scientific marvels.

Like phrenology and eugenics?

Spend the energy blaming the metrics or fixing the problem, fatty.


Why, when I put down this can of gravy....
2013-09-24 02:22:19 PM  
1 votes:
From his look, the photographer was probably dangling a piece of delicious bacon next to the camera when he snapped the picture:
i2.cdn.turner.com

Hopefully he was able to escape with all fingers intact.
2013-09-24 02:06:04 PM  
1 votes:

Publikwerks: firefly212: alizeran: Because internet.

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It's all diet coke in there... that means it is good for you, right?

She's watching her figure


She has no choice, because it blocks out EVERYTHING ELSE.
2013-09-24 02:04:19 PM  
1 votes:

Genju: Break out the calipers and start pinching the porkers. BMI isn't a good measure at all.


[www.builtlean.com image 322x247]

/Sits between 9% and 13% depending on what phase of lifting I'm in.


You realize that BMI actually has a tighter standard? I fall in the normal range (for a 40-year-old woman) of around 23-24% (depending on what time of year it is--winter/holidays, 24%). Anything higher, and by BMI standards, I am considered "overweight," and my doctor starts having a hissy fit. Even using those little digital machines at the gym (you know the ones you hold on to and they send some kind of current through to measure), I fall in the same range--a little lower, actually--because the machines measure me about 2-3% lower than a BMI "calculation" does.
2013-09-24 02:04:07 PM  
1 votes:
Wait, stop, hold it.  A guy named "Ruben" is complaining about schools calling kids fat? Are there NO art-history majors in the land of Fark?

www.nationalgallery.org.uk

Not impressed.
2013-09-24 01:51:09 PM  
1 votes:
"'I have a thyroid problem.' Is 'thyroid' a type of gravy?"
2013-09-24 01:44:49 PM  
1 votes:
BMI fails to account for the fact that I've digested my own bones and am basically a pliable spheroid. If you push me, do I not bounce?
2013-09-24 01:41:41 PM  
1 votes:
At first I thought they were sending your kid's fat home, and I thought maybe this was like the Hannibal Lecter Elementary school or something, but then I realized I read the headline too fast.

I agree with the writer, though. It's wrong. It's not going to help the kids' self esteem. Instead, they should send "Your kid's phat" letters home. That would probably make those kids feel a lot better about themselves.
2013-09-24 01:38:58 PM  
1 votes:

alizeran: Because internet.

[img545.imageshack.us image 500x334]


It's all diet coke in there... that means it is good for you, right?
2013-09-24 01:38:17 PM  
1 votes:
Because internet.

img545.imageshack.us
2013-09-24 01:33:01 PM  
1 votes:
Holy- that guy is a nationally syndicated columnist?? That thing read like the whiny "why we shouldn't have a dress code" papers everyone seemed to churn when we were being taught persuasive writing in 7th grade!
2013-09-24 01:32:47 PM  
1 votes:

Genju: Break out the calipers and start pinching the porkers. BMI isn't a good measure at all.




/Sits between 9% and 13% depending on what phase of lifting I'm in.


They probably don't want to use a more invasive measure. They really don't encourage teachers who want to spend a lot of time touching the students...

I also think the skin fold test is more subjective. Depending on how well-trained the gym teachers are, you could wind up with biased data.
2013-09-24 01:31:38 PM  
1 votes:
So, he didn't complain about the eye exams, the scoliosis checks, the hearing checks...but as soon as somebody points out that yes, his chubbo is obese from daily McDonald's and KFC? I WILL KILL YOU ALL!!!

And I'm sorry, I'm one of those examples of somebody who's simply not able to use BMI (I'm 6'1", 280, and optimal weight is about 250 for me), but I'll be the first to say that BMI is perfectly acceptable for an 8-year-old...hell, until WELL into adolescence, when some rare boys will start to become ridiculously athletic, it's a perfectly fine measurement.

//Why yes, I do look like a brick with arms, why do you ask?
2013-09-24 01:25:01 PM  
1 votes:

Girl Sailor: Bottom line - when the weather gets cold here, parents are reminded to dress kids appropriately so they don't freeze their plump little butts off during recess. Though you would think it's intensely obvious to any halfway sentient person that a kid needs to wear a coat when it's 25 degrees out, not all parents get it. I don't see how this is any different.


I see two birds with one stone.  "Hey kid, if you don't want to be cold then RUN during recess instead of sitting on the bench playing Angry Birds!"
2013-09-24 01:23:13 PM  
1 votes:

the_end_is_rear: Earlier in the summer, the high rise I work in had a power failure. Back up generators did not kick on so they building was emptied.
We all had to head down the stairs to exit. No big rush.
However, on the way down we came upon the cows. Sorry if that sounds cruel, but they were.
These people were in the late 20's,30's, 40's and were out of breath walking down the stairs. None elderly and none handicapped. Just Fat.
Basically we were all trapped behind them. But given that it was a non emergency situation, it was just something to deal with on the way down.
But it makes me wonder if this had been a 9-11 situation and we were trying to get out of the building how things would have been?
Should we all have perished because this people have decided to live like they do?
Ones lifestyle choices can effect everyone.



Butbutbut that's so anti-body acceptance.
2013-09-24 01:22:27 PM  
1 votes:
So you have a kid who's an elite athlete, and you get a letter from the school concerning the kid's BMI.
How devastating.
At least you have Ruben Navarrette, mouth breathing fat ass dip shiat from CNN, on your side.
2013-09-24 01:19:48 PM  
1 votes:
Hey, football teams need lineman.
2013-09-24 01:02:31 PM  
1 votes:
Here's an idea, fatty McFatterson.
Don't eat more calories than you can burn off and turn into muscle.
Also, STFU and lose some weight.
And making your kid fat is child abuse.
Also, there are starving children in your very city.
Thus the STFU again.
2013-09-24 12:43:42 PM  
1 votes:
i2.cdn.turner.com

He DOES look a little chunky.

And so concerned.
2013-09-24 11:08:20 AM  
1 votes:
Schools can't afford foreign language courses, sports programs or music classes. But they found funds for dieticians?

Yes, they did. Sorry your kid isn't "big boned".
 
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